There is a great deal to consider for healthcare in our communities. Each individual is deserving of access to premiere healthcare. As the industry has made great strides and progress, we must continue to ensure that all communities are afforded the same healthcare.
Unfortunately, there have always been disparities in our communities. There has been a lack of presence of hospitals in our community. Recently, the disparities were further revealed while battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hospitals were overburdened and the Southeast Queens community had fewer hospitals available to individuals. With a high number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, there were still minimal testing sites in our communities. This further proves the need to create an additional hospital in our community that can appropriately serve the needs of our entire community. I will work with City, State and Federal representatives to ensure the need for a medical facility is met.